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Composite instruments are used to complete composite restorations. Tools include sectional matrix systems, composite placement instruments, composite burnishers, curing lights, and finishing strips.

Sectional Matrix System

A sectional matrix system enables the dentist to replace the missing proximal wall during cavity preparation, so that the composite material can be placed. Depending upon the type of restoration, there are many different shapes and sizes of bands.

Composite Placement Instruments

Composite placement instruments carry, place, and carve composite material during cavity preparation. They come in different sizes, shapes, and angles, and can be made of plastic or metal. Composite placement instruments are double ended; one end is designed to place material, while the other is designed to shape material.

Composite Burnishers

A composite burnisher contours fissures, pits, and grooves that occur during the cavity filling process. Burnishers are coated with either titanium nitride or gold titanium nitride, both of which result in a hard, smooth surface that resists scratching, sticking, or discoloring the composite.

Curing Lights

Curing lights use light to harden composite materials. They come in electric and battery-operated styles.

dental composite lamp
Dental Composite Lamp - Used to Polymerize Composite Restoration Materials

Finishing Strips

Finishing strips smooth the interproximal surface during the restoration process. Abrasive materials of various grits are placed on the outsides of the strips, not the center, to avoid removal of tooth structure. Finishing strips can be made from sandpaper or from other abrasive synthetic materials.
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